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When I played competitive high school sports in the early 1970s, our three P.E. teachers were our only coaches, we wore our hideous seafoam-green cotton gym suits for every sport because the school provided no sport-specific uniforms (as they did for the boys), and our basketball teams were only allowed in the gym if the boys weren’t using it – otherwise, we had to play and practice outside on the blacktop.

Whose Rights?

BY INMA ZANOGUERA | This essay was awarded the 2nd-Place in the adult category of the Awesome Sports Writing Contest

Though I grew up in a small island in Spain—as a woman and as an athlete—I moved to the U.S. at the age of 17 to play basketball at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

Opportunity of a Lifetime

BY ABBY SIROIS | This essay was selected as the 1st-Place Winner in the youth category of the Awesome Sports Writing Contest.

It was a bright and sunny summer morning in Redmond, Washington. After waking up, I went downstairs, where my dad was making breakfast. The fresh smell was wafting in the air and I could almost taste the French toast. Little did I know that my life was about to change forever.

The Impact of UConn Women’s Basketball?

After the University of Connecticut Women’s basketball defeated Saint Francis in the first round of the NCAA tournament, USA Today’s Josh Peter wrote that the team and its coach, Geno Auriemma, who were celebrating their first-round win, should be embarrassed.